I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.
--- G.M. Trevelyan
Welcome to August, the month named for Roman Emperor Augustus, but better known for the Dog Days and oppressive heat and humidity. However, any month that celebrates National Elvis Week can't be all bad.
Brian is having that old football knee of his replaced in a few weeks. I had mine done back in April. Williams and NBC's chief medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman did an interesting feature on total knee replacement on tonight's newscast.
Maybe August is a good month to take time off for either going to the beach or getting a procedure like a joint replacement done. Some days just seem too stifling for exercise. However, think about all those outdoor events in October and November -- all the walks, 10Ks, marathons, softball and soccer tournaments, and hiking expeditions. August is the month when you need to be getting your training into high gear for the fall competitions. Besides, after you've survived August, think how much more refreshing the cool air of autumn will be.
Speaking of good-health causes, the news wires brought more reports today of studies showing the great benefits of regular brisk walking. It seems as though such stories are in the news almost daily. I never tire of reading these articles.
Science Daily, one of the services on My Blog List, reports on research out of the University of Maryland School of Public Health showing that a treadmill-walking program improved cognitive function for older adults at risk of Alzheimer's disease. The subjects (average age 78) had mild cognitive impairment, a possible harbinger of Alzheimer's, yet experienced improved memory recall and brain function after participating in the organized exercisee with the help of a personal trainer. (You can read the details for yourself at Science Daily on the right-hand side of this blog.)
But the sages down through the years have known this all along, haven't they? One of my favorites was the Eisenhower-era pioneer of preventive cardiologist, Dr. Paul Dudley White, who once said this: "A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world."
© Robert G. Holland 2013
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